Photography is one of those subjects that appeals to a broad range of tastes. Some enjoy the technical aspects, some the creative form, many enjoy it as a hobby, whilst others also use it to pay the bills. Needless to say opinions on gear, technique and composition can vary widely, but strangely to the extent that passion for the subject can lead to many an argument on a photo forum. The most irate of these revolve around the photo equipment necessary to produce the best image quality possible, but whilst image quality is important, it should really be about producing the image quality that’s good enough for the intended use. For me it’s not just about image quality, it’s about having the camera with me to take the photo, having the right lens with me, or sometimes the wrong lens to force me to think of new compositions, but most of all it’s about enjoyment from my photography. Indeed image quality is just one element that needs balancing with the myriad of variables involved with taking a photograph, which include not only camera features, but other aspects such as composition and lighting, and depending on the combination of all these variables the correct photo equipment might not be the same equipment that would produce the best image quality. The old adage of “the right tool for the job” is applicable to photography as it is to DIY.
|A Panasonic 100-300 used to provide a close up of a frieze|
|A Canon TSE 17 used to pull the east and west wing of the house out of focus.|